Can Warren avoid a primary fight?

posted at 10:01 am on May 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

A few months ago, no one would have predicted that Elizabeth Warren would have to battle for the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in Massachusetts.  After Republicans in the Senate blocked her nomination to the Consumer Finance Protection Board that she helped create, Warren became the darling of the Democratic cognoscenti.  She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement, a claim that would have created gales of laughter anywhere but Massachusetts, but in the Bay State she seemed as golden as any Kennedy.

Now, though, after several weeks of embarrassing attention for her claims to Native American ancestry for professional advancement and the exposure of alleged plagiarism, Democrats may be looking for an alternative:

Could there be mutiny occurring within the Massachusetts Democratic Party? The sentiment of discontent is not happening on John “Anchors Aweigh” Kerry’s yacht, Isabella. It is within the rank and file.

Next weekend, commonwealth Democrats are holding their annual state convention. It will be a gathering of moonbats wearing Birkenstocks and socks, union payroll patriots and limousine liberals. Although Fauxcahontas Elizabeth Warren is their anointed candidate to take on U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, state Democratic Party Chairman John Walsh is predicting that Marisa DeFranco, a Boston immigration lawyer with a mere 1200 Facebook friends, is going to get 15 percent of the delegates, allowing her to be on the September ballot. That means Sitting Duck Warren will have to face a primary.

DeFranco isn’t just sitting quietly and waiting for her 15%, either.  Her challenges to Warren for a debate have so far gone unanswered, but the Warren camp seems to tacitly admit that a primary is likely by promising debates after the state convention:

“I’ve been asking her to debate me since January, and she’s turned me down,” DeFranco told the Herald last night, adding that she’d like to spend the entire summer locked in debate, much as the Republican presidential candidates spent last fall. “Hey, I’d be happy with four (debates), but if the people want more …”

“The Republicans were debating every week,” DeFranco said, adding of the Democratic presidential rivals in 2008, “Hillary (Clinton) and Barack (Obama) did it.”

Warren campaign spokeswoman Alethea Harney said in a statement last night: “We are focused on getting ready for the Convention this Saturday. We look forward to debates and will consider them once the convention is over.”

Meanwhile, Warren still refuses to answer questions raised in last week’s Boston Globe story:

A day after closing doors on a Herald reporter’s questions, Elizabeth Warren and her campaign yesterday declined to answer questions about her purported Native American heritage and whether she supports affirmative action, instead issuing the same statement they have released whenever questioned about her minority claims.

“There are real issues middle class families are dealing with every day and that’s where Elizabeth is focused,” Warren spokeswoman Alethea Harney told the Herald. “It’s time to focus on the important issues facing Massachusetts. Republican Sen. Scott Brown is trying to distract people from his voting record for Wall Street, big oil and big increases in student loans.”

Brown spokesman Colin Reed said, “Our advice is to just tell the truth. It never looks good when candidates are running from reporters.”

If it goes to a primary, the nomination won’t be settled until September.  That puts the Democratic nominee in a tough position against a well-funded incumbent.  Republicans in Massachusetts have a significant disadvantage under normal conditions, but Warren may end up negating those with the twin scandals of this spring.  So far, she can’t break out of a virtual tie against Brown even with the large voter-registration advantage Democrats enjoy in the Bay State, and if DeFranco makes the primary ballot, she’ll have to spend some money fending off that challenge at the same time rather than focusing her attention on Brown.

If Warren can’t win the nomination outright at the convention, start looking for Democrats to try the Torricelli option.  If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot.  That would chance their fortunes considerably, both literally and figuratively, and perhaps give them their best chance to keep from losing two sure-bet Senate elections in a row.


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…CAN HER CHEEKBONES TAKE IT?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

…this joke of a woman could still win…that’s the laugher!

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:05 AM

If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot. That would chance their fortunes considerably

Would it? Is this woman ready for a Senate campaign? We saw how the untested Caroline Kennedy did when thrust into the spotlight.

Doughboy on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

…what kind of brain cells rub together in that state?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

…what kind of brain cells rub together in that state?

KOOLAID2 on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I have a few conservative friends from Mass I knew from the military. It is hilarious to watch them roll their eyes when you talk about the liberal politics up there.

hawkdriver on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

They must be crazy, Stands-With-A-Latte will scalp anyone who gets in her way.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Next weekend, commonwealth Democrats are holding their annual state convention. It will be a gathering of moonbats wearing Birkenstocks and socks, union payroll patriots and limousine liberals.

Wha? No moccasins or house slippers? How about marchin’ shoes?

footwear.

ted c on May 29, 2012 at 10:12 AM

She needs to stay on the “Demint started the recession” talking point.

Oh, and the rent is too damned high.

pedestrian on May 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot.

yeah, put her in the driver’s seat. I betcha she even packs her own scuba gear. WTG Massachusetts!!!/

ted c on May 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Yeah, they can “bring” Vicki Kenedy in off the bench…

…this IS afterall the “Kennedy Seat”

Those 31/32 White Women will let you down every time!!

ToddPA on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Would it? Is this woman ready for a Senate campaign? We saw how the untested Caroline Kennedy did when thrust into the spotlight.

Doughboy on May 29, 2012 at 10:06 AM

I would be very leery of a last minute swap and putting any unvetted candidate up against an opponent that has had months to develop a message and campaign strategy. The Kennedy name is pretty tarnished even in taxachussets.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

being unerolled in MA means I can vote in the primary. How fun is that!!

Rich on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Vicky Kennedy? She has already insisted in the past that she is not interested. Maybe she could be persuaded to change her mind, but there are a treasure trove of Kennedy men chomping at the bit for that job. Patches has been keeping a low profile lately, and he is Ted’s son. He’s be perfect for a successor to Ted, considering his many moral failings that don’t seem to matter in MA so long as you are a Kennedy.

simkeith on May 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

They must be crazy, Stands-With-A-Latte will scalp anyone who gets in her way.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

LMAO!!

ED, ALLAH, THIS IS THE QOTD!!

ToddPA on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Elizabeth Warren is just another lying coward who is a liberal. In Massachusetts that is a prerequisite to being senator. She and Kerry will be a matching pair. I’m surprised Barney Frank is not running, he would win with unanimous acclaimation.

volsense on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Maybe the EPA should start taking water samples from all over the state to see what might be causing the Mass inability to think clearly.

Reality Checker on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Bury my heart at Chappaquiddick.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Sounds like the dems theme for the election will be saving the ‘middle class’. Does this mean they have left the poor to fend for themselves?

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Sounds like the dems theme for the election will be saving the ‘middle class’. Does this mean they have left the poor to fend for themselves?

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

The focus groups said it sounds better than ‘pandering to the swing voter’.

pedestrian on May 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot. That would chance their fortunes considerably, both literally and figuratively, and perhaps give them their best chance to keep from losing two sure-bet Senate elections in a row.

*shakes head*

Which just further proves that anyone with a pulse and the surname Kennedy can hold elective office in Ma$$holchusetts.

ICanSeeNovFromMyHouse on May 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Does this mean they have left the poor to fend for themselves?

Kissmygrits on May 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Have they ever had any other position??/

ted c on May 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Can we already gather all the Kennedy man – except Judge Anthony Kennedy, of course – provide them with unlimited supply of whiskey, and lock ‘em all in? The country should be free of this plague in about a month.

Archivarix on May 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

They must be crazy, Stands-With-A-Latte will scalp anyone who gets in her way.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

LMAO!!

ED, ALLAH, THIS IS THE QOTD!!

ToddPA on May 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Todd, don’t encourage Bishop. That was insensitive and divisive.

hawkdriver on May 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Archivarix on May 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Perhaps we should just gather the Kennedys, lock them in the family compound, and demand they stay until they come up with a Senate nominee. Signaled, of course, by white smoke over Martha’s Vineyard. After all it is their seat.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement

That NEVER stops being funny!

Tim_CA on May 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Once nominated for an Oscar, this duet was intended for Gene Kelly and Fred Astaire in the Ziegfeld Follies but you probably recognize it from I Love Lucy.

I dedicate it to Mockahantas.

“If you’re feeling mad as a wet hen,
Mad as you can possibly get, then
Pass that peace pipe, bury that tomahawk
Like those Chichamecks, Cherokees, Chapultepecs do.
That cold shoulder never solved a single complaint.
When you’re older, you’ll wipe off all of that war paint.”

The president can probably tell her all about passing, or not passing, that peace pipe.

vityas on May 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement

Does she still have the fortune cookie?

EddieC on May 29, 2012 at 10:41 AM

The Kennedy name is pretty tarnished even in taxachussets.

Happy Nomad on May 29, 2012 at 10:16 AM

The recent stories about how Robert Kennedy, Jr., drove his second wife to suicide with his constant womanizing and legal beat-downs (filing restraining orders against her, trying to get sole custody of her kids, trying to bankrupt her, etc.) seems to be getting some play. I’ve even seen articles critical of his sleazy behavior on some of the lefty sites. The family’s effort to portray her death as another Kennedy family tragedy for which they deserve sympathy seems to have misfired.

AZCoyote on May 29, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Warren could not be reached for comment because she was in a Pow-Wow.

albill on May 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement

Full claim or 1/32nd?

hillsoftx on May 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

To put this into context, Lying-Sacajawea is running in a state that routinely reelected a murderer and the brother of a gangster on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List, in addition to congressman who’s lover was running a prostitution ring out of said congressman’s house.

Warren has a long way to go to live up to Massachusetts ideals.

PopsRacer on May 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

They must be crazy, Stands-With-A-Latte will scalp anyone who gets in her way.

Bishop on May 29, 2012 at 10:11 AM

And, if she can’t, her husband, Drives-a-Volt, certainly will.

TXUS on May 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

It is a foolish squaw who builds her teepee on sand. The rain comes down, the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat on that teepee; and it falls — and great is its fall. — First Book of Cherokee

petefrt on May 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement, a claim that would have created gales of laughter anywhere but Massachusetts

What do they put in the water up there? LSD?

Eren on May 29, 2012 at 11:15 AM

“If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot.”

Wait! Viki Kennedy is Cherokee? Who knew?

philw1776 on May 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

It is Massachusetts.

She could still win the primary with 95% of the vote and schoom Scott Brown in the general.

CorporatePiggy on May 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

The Kennedy Crime Family has entered genetic self-destruct mode. For whatever biological reason, each generation and even each offspring is stupider and more ugly than the last. That doesn’t make them unelectable in Mass-o-twoshits but reduces their viability. Nationally, they are unelectable.

slickwillie2001 on May 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement, a claim that would have created gales of laughter anywhere but Massachusetts, but in the Bay State she seemed as golden as any Kennedy.

Her behavior is fully consistent with being the patron saint Indian goddess of OWS. She once famously said:

“You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory, and hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

Not only has she been inspiring OWS, but she’s also been protecting us rich donors from them at the same time. Isn’t she awesome? She’s a true goddess, in the same league as the Obamagod.

Gladtobehere on May 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“If they sense that Warren can’t put these issues to rest, they’ll bring Vicki Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s widow, off of the bench and onto the ballot.”

If they do, I think she will perform poorly. IMHO their best bet is Warren’s challenger.

dogsoldier on May 29, 2012 at 11:39 AM

I remember a time when people caught in a lie had the grace to be embarrassed. Today’s Dems instead just keep repeating the lie. “If we say it often enough…”

Eren on May 29, 2012 at 11:43 AM

“…the cheekbone’s connected to the jawbone…”

…of an ass.

Rixon on May 29, 2012 at 11:46 AM

Isn’t she awesome?

Gladtobehere on May 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“But I want to be clear: you drove your girlfriend on the roads the rest of us paid for; you drove off a narrow bridge and into the water the rest of us paid for; you were safe at home by the time the police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for showed up to investigate. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands of media would hound you about this young woman’s death because you could hire someone to protect against this, because of the work the rest of us did.”

Fallon on May 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

I think conservatives should have maybe kept their powder dry with respect to going after Warren before the primary. Democrats are REALLY good about taking candidates out they know are going to lose. Republicans, on the other hand, will throw away Senate seats all the time just to make a dumb point.

For a Republican to win statewide in Massachusetts, you usually need a “train wreck” Democrat candidate. Coakley obviously fit the bill last time, and so does Warren, but if the Democrats are able to field a generic Democrat (like ANY current MA Congressman) Brown is going to have major problems winning in a state with 15% Republican registration.

BradTank on May 29, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Isn’t she awesome?

Gladtobehere on May 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

“But I want to be clear: you drove your girlfriend paramour-for-the-night on the roads the rest of us paid for; you drove off a narrow bridge and into the water the rest of us paid for; you were safe at home by the time the police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for showed up to investigate congratulate you on being a Democrat. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands of media would hound you about this young woman’s death because you could hire someone to protect against this Democrats aren’t snitches, because of the work the rest of us did in CYA.”

Fallon on May 29, 2012 at 11:47 AM

Isn’t Massachusetts awesome?

Gladtobehere on May 29, 2012 at 12:03 PM

She claimed to have provided the intellectual bedrock for the Occupy movement

Ed: I believe this qualifies for “Oxymoron of the Year”… Well done!

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trapeze on May 29, 2012 at 12:14 PM

Yet another Kennedy as backup? Has Massachusetts no pride? Is there not another family capable of representing them?

AnonymousDrivel on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Yet another Kennedy as backup? Has Massachusetts no pride? Is there not another family capable of representing them?

AnonymousDrivel on May 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

Dude.

These are Democrats we are talking about.

They have had one man (Jackson) representing the entire black race in America for decades now.

They must have their “leaders.”

trapeze on May 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

Squaw Sitting Duck should bring in Chief Broken Wind Ward Churchill… an endorsement from him could put her over the top.

Ventura Capitalist on May 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Squaw Sitting Duck should bring in Chief Broken Wind Ward Churchill… an endorsement from him could put her over the top.

Ventura Capitalist on May 29, 2012 at 12:45 PM

Ward Churchill is coming out with his own cookbook. It’s mentioned here.

trapeze on May 29, 2012 at 12:48 PM

The poor people of Mass. Liz, the frying pan or a Kennedy’s latest, the fire. Libs!

StevC on May 29, 2012 at 2:50 PM

Politicians + lips moving = lies. That is all you need to know. I truly believe 99.99% of all politicians are congenital liars. And I’m not Cherokee.

georgeofthedesert on May 30, 2012 at 9:33 AM